Tuesday, 4 June 2019

It is time for Boris


Originally, I supported Esther McVey for the leadership of the Conservative Party, and I still do believe that she is the best candidate. There is one issue - she is not gaining traction among MPs, and is still languishing with six supporters. This means I need to pick a different candidate - who can win.

I have decided who I am backing. This person has the support of Jacob Rees-Mogg, whom I have much admiration for, Liz Truss, who should be Chancellor of the Exchequer in the next Government, and Steve Baker and Priti Patel, the two 'Spartans' who stood firm on the Withdrawal Agreement. This person is Boris Johnson. 

We need a leader who can deliver Brexit, prevent a neo-Marxist taking office in Number 10, and to bring our country together after the divisions of the referendum. We also need a leader who took a principled stand against the 'Chequers' agreement, which he surely did. We need to be optimistic about how well Britain can do, we need to aspire to be greater, we need to champion low taxes and free enterprise, and we need a leader who can connect to those who put their faith in Jeremy Corbyn two years ago.

I attended Boris' speech at Conservative Conference after his resignation from the Foreign Office and it was barmstorming. I truly believe that he has the character, the passion, and the drive that we need to leave the European Union on October 31st. I would also urge Boris to bring back the legend, Dominic Raab, to the Cabinet. I truly like his domestic, Thatcherite agenda and he could bring some expert talent to the table.

This is a critical moment in our political history. We must leave the European Union on October 31st, with No Deal or a FTA. The latter is becoming very unlikely so we must exit on World Trade Organisation terms to restore faith in our democratic process. Boris Johnson has a huge platform, and can deliver on what I have just outlined. He has broad appeal, and has electoral successes behind him. I never thought I would say this but I urge you to back Boris Johnson to be the next leader of the Conservative Party, and Prime Minister.


Mr Johnson, Snr., and I, after Boris' excellent speech, October 2018

Monday, 27 May 2019

It is time for a Liverpudlian Prime Minister


I have been struggling to decide who I was going to back for the next Conservative Party leader, and then Prime Minister. 

We have the continuity May candidates of Rory Stewart, Matt Hancock and Jeremy Hunt. We have the Brexit candidates of Boris Johnson, Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom and Dominic Raab. We also have Michael Gove, plus there may be more to join the fray.

I have struggled who to back. I did always want Dominic Raab to be leader. Dominic seems to be the leader we needed to sort out Brexit and come back with a decent, conservative government with optimism at its heart. But he has let me and many others down. He has decided to near enough back HS2, keep foreign aid at its current amount, allow Huawei into our 5G network and to accept the discredited Withdrawal Agreement with some tinkering around on the backstop. This simply is not good enough and what I want in our next leader.

I want a candidate who will lower taxes and foreign aid. A leader that will connect with blue collar, Northern voters. A leader that will invest in our police. A leader that will scrap HS2. Most importantly, I want a leader who will fight our corner in Europe and leave on a WTO basis. That leader is Esther McVey. 

I have met Esther on numerous occasions as she is a constituency neighbour and I can see the dedication and passion she could bring to the role of Prime Minister. So, after much deliberation, I have decided that the next leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister should be Esther McVey, the Liverpudlian. Bless John McDonnell's heart.

Friday, 24 May 2019

We must grasp this opportunity



The Conservative Party's heart can now start beating again. We now have an opportunity to choose a new leader that is not Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown mixed in female form, but someone who will deliver Brexit, and a new bold ambitious agenda for the future.

I have been critical of the Prime Minister ever since the disastrous General Election. I will not forgive her for not once visiting Cheshire, an area where we once held nearly all the seats and now only a measly some, but I must respect her. She had a level of resilience which I can never hope to have, and the dutiful way she acted as a true public servant is long to be respected by the British public.

We have had some awful Prime Ministers in our recent years. Notably some of the main ones have become Knights of the Realm, which is bizarre to myself, whom are Sir Edward Heath, Sir Anthony Eden and Sir John Major. But, Mrs. May may be close to being worse than Lord North, who lost the American colonies, on levels of incompetency.

The public must not just look at her failure to not deliver Brexit after nearly 3 years. They must recognise her failure to re-introduce grammar schools, her failure to find a sustainable solution to our social care crisis, her continual support of nanny-statist policies, and her support for continuous money for the NHS. I do struggle to find any positives from her premiership. The one vivid in my mind, however, is her robust response to the Novichok poisoning in Salisbury. This was a moment where she truly looked statesmanlike, but that did not last long.

But that is the past. We now must look to the future and grasp the opportunities we now have in front of us. I was very close to leaving the Conservative Party, and very close to believing that the Party had been irrevocably damaged that it could not come back. But it will. And it must.

We need a leader who will stand up for liberty, and free trade. Someone who believes in a meritocracy and equality of opportunity. One who will fight Marxism not with Blair-lite, but with true conservative principles. Most importantly, one that will honour the instruction of the 17.4 million people who casted their vote in favour of this great country leaving the European Union.

The candidates have not all announced for the leadership, but when they do I will make my decision officially on who to campaign and vote for. Those principles above are which I will hold them to. This country is amazing and it can do so much better than this managerial style of politics. We need a fresh Cabinet and a fresh Party to reconnect with the ordinary voter. I truly hope that we find a candidate that will do so in the weeks ahead.

I will finish by responding to the Prime Minister's comments about compromise. I did at first think she was talking about Sir Nicholas Winterton, and not Sir Nicholas Winton, who was my grandmother's late MP and friend. But her comments reminded myself of this quote from Lady Thatcher:

"If you look at the great philosophies and ideas that have moved the world; if you look at the great religions... do you think you would have ever had those great guidelines had people gone out and said, "Brothers, I believe in consensus!" Of course you wouldn't. You would have had nothing great, nothing of value." 

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Link to my letter to the Prime Minister after her speech on Tuesday 22nd: https://twitter.com/realThomasMoss2/status/1131313149846728704/


Friday, 10 May 2019

As a loyal Conservative, I'll be voting Brexit Party


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The Conservative Party has failed us. Since the referendum, they have promised consistently to deliver on the referendum mandate, including a general election. We had the abomination of Chequers, we had the discredited Withdrawal Agreement, and now we have talks with the neo-Marxists of the Labour Party to cobble together a BRINO, with a customs union and alignment to the internal market. Every, and I mean every, promise from the Prime Minister and her top team has been broken.

Since the 2017 election, I have called for Mrs. May to resign, or be sacked. I heard recently that she wants to remain in power longer than Gordon Brown. The truth probably that she wants to remain in power so that she is remembered to be as terrible as Lord North.

It is a shock, as a decently loyal Conservative Party Member, to be contemplating voting against my own Party. I believe in the Party. However, it is a disgrace at the moment, and I have wrote to my local Association telling them that I will not campaign for them until Mrs. May has gone. My patience is starting to run thin and if she has not gone soon, I would not rule out leaving for good. 

The Conservative Party was the party of Thatcher and Churchill. The Party of meritocracy, equality of opportunity, a property owning democracy, having a stake in your work, lower taxes and most importantly, individual freedom and liberty. We have abandoned most of these, but it is not too late to change.

With the political picture in front of myself, my allegiance has gone on the 23rd May. I will be proudly walking to my local Community Centre, and putting a cross with my stubby pencil, for Nigel Farage, and the Brexit Party.

They are the only Party in this election who are standing up for the 52% of this country who want to leave the European Union. They believed in a deal - so did I - but I now favour an exit unto World Trade Organisation rules. There is no other way, and I will not contemplate supporting Mrs. May's surrender treaty, so this is the only way out of the lock jam. A No Deal exit is needed.

If you are a Brexiteer. If you are a Remainer, who respects democracy. If you are someone who did not vote. Take your opportunity to vote. Take your opportunity to show the established order how angry you are at their betrayal. Take your opportunity to vote for a decent candidate. Take your opportunity and vote for the Brexit Party.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

The Establishment have won



We are at a terrible position. Brexiteers are staring down the barrel of the gun of a terrible, capitulation as the former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said that we are 'surrendering control to the EU', or No Brexit. No Deal is a legal option, of course, but it will not happen as Sir Oliver Letwin et al with their leader-in-chief John Bercow, will stop it legally.

From Iain Duncan Smith, to Jacob Rees-Mogg and to Boris Johnson, Conservative MPs are switching to support this capitulation. This is mainly due to Mrs. May resigning when we legally leave at the end of May, if it is passed. We must understand how this started.

Firstly, do not forget Mrs. May is a Remainer. All five leadership contenders from 2016 support the Withdrawal Agreement. Everything went downhill from Lancaster House. We had Florence, which basically was a load of opt-ins, Mansion House, which became even weaker, then Chequers, and now the Deal. Plus we had a General Election, which should have been her downfall.

I have respect for Brexiteers, whom on principle, vote for and against this new treaty. But, those who vote in favour, are wrong. To be clear, remaining is better. We are moving from one treaty to another, and the new one is worse. Gavin Barwell thought if he gave Brexiteers control over immigration, we would leap at the chance as he thinks we are all bigots, and racists. He was wrong. However, Brexiteers who say they will continue to oppose this treaty, I will thank them. They stayed until the end.

I have to say, with regret, this new treaty will pass. A decent bulk of Labour including the highly respectable Caroline Flint, will support this, and it will be over. I will be disappointed and disappointed wholly in our political class, who have done whatever they can to give us a proper Brexit - but - the Future Relationship is still in to play for. Mark Sedwill, Mrs. May and Olly Robbins all need sacking and we should have a better negotiating team, and actually a leader. I wish for Dominic Raab, and I hope he will stand. 

The establishment has won the battle, and probably the war. The Brexiteers can win a small victory if we achieve a Brexit-supporting, freedom-loving leader for the future, but in the end, the Conservative Party will be dead to the country, and the emergence of a new political party is needed more than ever before.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Mrs. May must go now


Vividly, I remember when Grant Shapps called for Mrs. May to resign in late 2017 and it was widely derided by the whole Conservative Party - including Brexiteers - and I was one of the few on the side of Mr. Shapps. I love to say 'I told you say so', but this time, it is not so sweet.

The Prime Minister was a Remainer. Despite the rumours that she may take an active role in the Leave campaign, she didn't, and was a silent assassin so she could gain the keys to No. 10. She had promise, but she should have resigned after the 2017 GE. I have to say, Mrs. May is not my type of politician, socially or economically, and I did not support her, but I tried my level best. Since the election, it has gone downhill. First being the Joint Report, then Chequers, then the discredited and abominable Withdrawal Agreement. Cabinet should not fulfil its duty and tell her the game is up, and Mr. May should replicate the attitudes of Denis Thatcher. She must go now. 

According to journalists Sam Coates and Tim Shipman, the three candidates are her former enemy, Michael Gove, her de-facto Deputy, David Lidington, and her loyal Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Since the Brexit campaign and before, Michael was who I wanted for PM. But not now. I would not be shocked if he agreed to a so-called 'Norway Plus' Brexit, and the other two would be equally worse. Do not be deceived that Jeremy Hunt went on GMB after we voted to Leave, saying we must remain the Single Market. I will not even talk about David Lidington, who is on par with Ken Clarke on his Euroscepticism. 

We do need a leader, and a new PM, that is a fact. It must be fast. It must start by Cabinet fulfilling its duty. I am throwing my hat in the ring in support of the principled, authentic, former lawyer, Dominic Raab. 

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Meaningful Vote 3: Opinion



I have wavered over the last few weeks deciding to back the Deal to get us over the line and to leave the EU this year, partly due to public sentiment. I then thought the general public will take a very dismal view if in 5 years’ time we are stuck inside the Northern Ireland Protocol without any meaningful way out or a way a sovereign, British Parliament could extricate us out.

The deal is terrible. Let’s not make any bones about it. Article 6 states that we will still be bound by EU law only, including procurement, data, EU’s ETF and many more including VAT and importantly the ‘arbitration mechanism’ that Mrs. May achieved. The European Court of Justice is still our highest court by degree, and disputes will be adjudicated as such, and full jurisdiction will continue for at least 10 more years. We are tied to EU foreign policy. There is a ‘Joint Committee’, which is fancy wording for unelected civil servants and bureaucrats making laws, without accountability. These alone are enough to make it a bad deal, and this is not including the Northern Ireland Protocol.

I cannot in good faith support this Withdrawal Agreement, and I therefore urge MPs to stand firm and vote down this Agreement. The legal default is still we leave in 12 days’ time, and do not bet on the EU automatically accepting a short delay, with no concessions from us. Many Brexiteers have decided to back this deal because they believe the alternative is worse, e.g. EEA+CU membership. But we can get out of that easily, and with a Brexiteer PM in future, we could leave it as a sovereign Parliament. This is not the end game for Brexit. However, I cannot support an Agreement that undermines democracy, sovereignty, and the mandate from the British electorate. We must stand firm in the face of it.